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Yunnan Rowan SORBUS PSEUDOHUPEHENSIS PINK PAGODA

Description & features

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Product description

SORBUS PSEUDOHUPEHENSIS PINK PAGODA – Yunnan Rowan

Characteristics

Sorbus 'Pink Pagoda' is a compact, medium-sized deciduous tree with the typical mountain ash (rowan) leaves, but with blunt ended, bluish-green coloured leaflets. The creamy-white flowers in late spring are followed by fruits that are best described as white flushed with crimson which makes them look pink. They persist on the tree long into winter. In autumn the leaves turn a dark chocolate brown then a brilliant red colour.

Where to grow

Grow in fertile well-drained soil in a sunny location (will grow on clay). The feathery foliage casts a dappled shade so makes a good choice where a light, open canopy is preferred. For best autumn leaf colour it helps if the soil is more acidic than alkaline. Rowans are a good choice for exposed sites.

Did you know?

Sorbus pseudohupehensis has long been known as S. hupehensis (pink-fruited form) or as S. hupehensis var. obtusa, or as S. oligodonta. Selections such as Pink Pagoda and November Pink are identical in every way to the other members of the microspecies.

Its origin is believed to have been seed gathered in the Lijiang range of Yunnan by George Forrest in the early 1920s.

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Open
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Autumn colour
Copper
Red
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
Pink
White
Flowering month
May
Berries / fruit colour
Pink
Uses
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Open
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Autumn colour
Copper
Red
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
Pink
White
Flowering month
May
Berries / fruit colour
Pink
Uses
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


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